I actually went to this game with my brother tonight. We had great seats not far behind the Thunder bench. Primarily we were there to watch Trae Young.
I would guesstimate there were maybe 9,000 in attendance to watch one of the most electric players in the NBA. I would also guesstimate the Thunder fans there all had former O State player Lindy Waters as their No. 1 star of the game with a team high performance of 26 points.
Final score…. Atlanta 136 – Thunder 118. It wasn’t that close.
To Lindy’s credit he’s really moved the overall needle on his game from his days at O State with Mike Boynton. I was genuinely impressed.
The Thunder were basically out of this game about five minutes in as Trae Young and his mates torched the defenseless Thunder for a team record 85 points in the first half.
Trae played 18 minutes in the first half and had an efficient 30 points. The Hawks were leading by around thirty at halftime and our primary concern was how many minutes Coach Nate McMillan would give Trae in the second half without giving the appearance of humiliating Thunder developmental coach Mark D or Coach Squinty as he is now being referred to on some Thunder forums which aren’t managed by Sam Presti.
To Nate McMillan’s credit, he unlike the Thunder brass gave those in attendance something for their time and money as he allowed Trae to play all twelve third period minutes.
Trae finished with 41 points in thirty minutes. Quite frankly on this night if Trae had desired so he could have gone for 70 points like Devin Booker did in a game in January.
Hell…there was one point late in the first period the people in our section were starting to chart the possibility of Trae going off for 81 points like Kobe back in 2006.
Trae’s father was in our section. Pretty calm dad I thought. My behavior was impeccable. I didn’t bring the New Orleans’ Aint’s bag and pretty much kept myself in check because like I wrote at one point late in the first period, I thought Trae was going to go off for a seventy or better point night. I was just taking in the potential history of the game.
That first period had a surreal aura to it.
Amazingly…the Thunder had 31 assists for the game. I never would have guessed that just watching the game raw.
After the game we did something neither of us have done this season, we listened to the Thunder postgame on the Sports Animal. I have to tell you something I felt sorry for those guys. You could tell they were embarrassed to be on the air trying to make the game seem somewhat legitimate as an NBA game. I actually felt bad for them.
They had one caller for the post game call in segment and that was the blathering female Alex who btw in no way is the sultry Candace Parker.
I know that comment will strike some as a ban worthy offense, but since I’m on my own blog…I’m pretty sure I’ll still be alive on the blog when I wake up tomorrow morning.
Only six games left in this Thunder season, so if you were doubting there is a God…there’s some proof for you to confirm his/her existence.
We’re headed to Denver this week-end to spend time with the grandchildren and I’m also hoping my son will take me to the iconic sports bar Shoney’s in downtown to watch the Duke-North Carolina game. You gotta go there if you’re ever in Denver. Very iconic. It’s actually owned by an OU alum.
Have a great week-end at your Final Four party.